Kina Network

Kina Advisory’s carefully selected network of Associates have conducted business in many countries across the world with expertise across a range of disciplines including environmental management, social performance, organisational and leadership development and change, human resource management, economic and investment analysis, law, business development and project management. The members of the network lend the value of their knowledge and experience to the services Kina Advisory provides to its clients.

Mary M'Mukindia Senior Associate at Kina Advisory

Mary M’Mukindia

Senior Associate

Mary M’Mukindia has 35-years’ working experience, predominantly in Oil & Gas, in both public and private sector. She has served in top leadership positions in the energy sector, civil society, government as well as with the United Nations. A recognized petroleum expert, she has contributed significantly to Kenya’s energy sector in the development of key policy and legislation and the revitalization of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK). Her tenure as a technical expert on sustainable environmental transport with the United Nations also puts her in the top tier of African women experts in the environmental and energy industry.

Combining her extensive networks and natural affinity for organization, innovative practice, and effective execution, Mary provides companies entering the Kenyan market with strategic insight so that they can successfully navigate the country’s systems and processes efficiently and with integrity. Her participation in the founding of several collaborative organizations, such as the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA), has created new spaces for engagement within private sector and between the sector and government. Through her work in this field she has rallied stakeholders with otherwise widely varying views and objectives around a common vision.

Mary serves on the boards of Guaranty Trust Bank (Kenya) Ltd, APA Insurance, APA Life, Apollo Investment Ltd and PayGo Energy. She is a member of Member Association of Energy Professionals Eastern Africa (AEPEA), Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), Institute of Directors Kenya, International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the ICF Kenya Charter Chapter. She holds a degree in Business and Certification in Executive Coaching, Emotional Intelligence and Leadership training. Mary was awarded the national honour of Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) by the President of Kenya in 2006.

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Kina Advisory Associate Richard Arkutu

Richard Arkutu

Senior Associate

Richard Arkutu is a natural resources and infrastructure financing professional with over 20 years’ experience. He worked with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group for 14 years in Infrastructure Development. As Manager for IFC’s Special Initiative for Infrastructure in Africa, Richard managed IFC’s longer term engagements in the infrastructure space (power, renewables, transport, utilities and municipal finance), including engagements with IFC’s client governments, Development Finance Institution partners and strategic private sector clients. In this role, Richard co-led a number of Joint World Bank Group teams working on transformational infrastructure engagements in Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, amongst others.

Richard also managed investment transactions for IFC in the infrastructure space in the region across the spectrum of IFC investment products of equity, mezzanine, senior debt, and corporate debt.

Prior to this, Richard was a Principal Investment Officer in IFC’s Global Mining Team based in Washington DC where he originated and managed transformational mining projects like Rio Tinto’s Simandou Project in Guinea.

Before joining the IFC, Richard held senior roles in Citibank’s corporate and project finance teams based in Africa, including Vice President of the bank’s, Sub-Saharan Africa Corporate Finance and Investment Banking Department, based in Nairobi, South Africa and Lagos. He was also a Senior Financial Analyst role with AngloGold Ashanti (previously Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited).

As well as being a member of Kina’s network of associates, Richard is a director of Africa Infrastructure Solutions, which provides consultancy services to the energy sector in Africa.

Richard has a Master’s degree from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada as well as a first degree in Business Economics from Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium.

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Christopher Melville

Senior Associate

Chris is an External Affairs professional with 15 years’ experience of advising senior business leaders on the management of political and stakeholder challenges and opportunities in Frontier Markets, especially Africa. His expertise is in building management awareness of key political and stakeholder issues and in helping them to align business strategy with stakeholder needs and expectations, developed both as an in-house advisor at an Africa-focused oil and gas company and previously as a consultant to companies in different sectors and of varying size. He is a creative and structured thinker with a rare ability to lead and shape strategic initiatives and change-projects outside his specific expertise, working effectively across disciplines and at all levels of the organisation.

Chris has practical experience of integrating political and stakeholder analysis into business decision making through the project life-cycle, designing and delivering market entry evaluations, Board-level country strategies, policy and sector governance evaluations, issue management plans and stakeholder engagement strategies. He has worked across the continent with a particular focus on resource economies in West, Central and East Africa.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern History from Oxford University and a post-graduate Master’s in African Studies from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London.

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Graham Brunton

Senior Associate

Graham is an ESG professional with over 30 years’ experience of health, safety and environmental management in the energy sector and, after an initial period with the UK regulator, the Health and Safety Executive, he has held senior HSE positions with energy companies gaining broad experience of managing all related HSE activities across many countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Graham’s experience has been supplemented with additional roles including Business Management, Ethics & Compliance Management and HR Management. More recently, he has been providing consultancy support to lending banks carrying out HSE reviews of African Oil & Gas operators to the IFC performance standards and Africa Development Bank operational safeguards. Graham holds a BSc from Aberdeen University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Safety from Aston University.

A key focus of Graham’s expertise lies in translating ESG requirements into practical strategies that organisations can implement beyond compliance to deliver excellence in HSE standards. His breadth of experience includes compliance related due diligence, accident investigations and people management.

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Pamela Uwakwe


Pamela has over 20 years socio-economic development experience, mostly in Africa. She is a results-driven professional with solid experience directing multiple projects, creating socio-economic investment strategies, and managing operational and strategic initiatives in non-governmental, bilateral and multilateral donor and private sector settings. Pamela has particular expertise streamlining Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/ Corporate Social Investment (CSI) governance process, activities, management systems, and reporting processes to attain operational excellence and cost efficiencies. Her experience also includes re-positioning social investment and social impact management so that it becomes a key value-driver and risk management tool for companies.

Pamela worked with Tullow Oil for 10 years first in Uganda and then at Head office as the Group Socio-economic Investment Manager developing strategy, operating standards and procedures, monitoring and reporting on socio-economic investment (SEI) initiatives as part of Tullow’s Sustainability mandate. Prior to Tullow she has worked with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa), United Nations Development Programme (Botswana), Irish Aid Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Zambia) and with Irish Telecommunications Investments (Dublin) in a variety of Programme Management roles.

Pamela has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin University and an MSc in International Finance from Heriot -Watt University, Edinburgh. She is also a qualified Accountant FCCA.

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Dr Theophilus Acheampong


Dr Theophilus Acheampong is an economist and political risk analyst with knowledge and experience working with governments and international institutions on extractives industry and public finance issues. This includes energy policy formulation, regulation and licensing; fiscal regime modelling; public financial management; trade and investment promotion; and the development of linkages and associated value chains. A key focus of his recent work has been delivering capacity building training to government agencies and civil society organisations in developing countries on effective and transparent management of natural resource extraction – petroleum and mining.

Theo’s political risk experience involves helping clients understand and navigate complex political and business risks in Sub-Saharan Africa, namely in Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has worked as a senior analyst and senior consultant for firms such as IHS Markit, Crystol Energy, Oxford Policy Management and Kina Advisory Limited, among others. Theo has a PhD in Economics and an MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance (with distinction) from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He is an Associate Lecturer at The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance (ACREEF), University of Aberdeen. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at Ghanaian Think Tank IMANI Centre for Policy and Education. He is quoted in international media such as the BBC, Bloomberg, AFP, CNBC, and has published in leading academic journals.

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Prisca Piot


Prisca has 15 years’ experience within the social and local content field and extensive experience in project implementation. She is highly experienced in social performance management in compliance with IFC Performance Standards, in Community Development Strategy and in local content for the oil and mining sector.

Prisca is fluent in French and English and has worked in 15 countries including Chad, Gabon, Guinea, South Africa and Senegal. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales. She is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment and the Société de l’Industrie Minérale. As well as being a member of Kina’s network of associates, she is the Founder of Landa Eder.

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Daniel Idowu


Daniel supports African business to define their value proposition and develop effective sales and marketing strategies to deliver a return on investment. Key to his approach is utilising data to validate decision making. He brings over 15 years professional experience, working across the African continent in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa and in the UK and Switzerland.

Daniel holds a Bachelor degree in Politics and History, and a Masters in Development Studies gained from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Colleen Abell


Colleen is a GIS & Remote Sensing Consultant with over 18 years’ experience in GIS and remote sensing for global offshore and onshore Oil, Gas and Mining projects, with focus on environmental applications.

With Kina Advisory since 2019, she has provided on-going GIS Consultancy Services to an Oil and Gas company operating in the Middle East, with the primary objective of establishing and developing a functioning GIS Department, increasing in-house GIS capability and range of applications in support to Operations. She provides technical skills and knowledge in the application of GIS and Remote Sensing for petroleum through development of working practices and guidance, capacity building and mentoring of the GIS team, delivered both remotely from the UK and via in-country visits.

As well as being a member of Kina’s network of associates, she is a Consultant at Abell Geospatial Consulting Limited.

Other projects include provision of GIS Consultancy Services in support of biodiversity studies and critical habitat assessment, including mining projects in Africa and Armenia, Oil and Gas projects across Africa, Europe and the Middle East, including focus on large pipeline development studies. Previous roles have included responsibility for increasing the use and application of GIS in support to Operational activities, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Social Performance projects.

Her expertise includes project management and client liaison, including overseeing ESIA. She has been responsible for the development of GIS based environmental risk assessment processes in support of exploration evaluation, as well as defining the use of GIS for emergency response and crisis management both within the Oil and Gas industry and also for humanitarian mapping projects. She specialises in the use of GIS for a range of applications, including baseline studies, risk assessment and constraints mapping. She has also developed GIS standards for ESIA and been responsible for the management of external Consultant’s GIS in support to the ESIA process. She has previously held Senior GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist positions at Tullow Oil and Astrium Geo-Information Services (now Airbus Defence and Space).

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Lesley Coldham


Lesley is an External Affairs, Communications and Sustainability professional with over 25 years’ corporate experience with leading extractive sector companies, including De Beers and Tullow Oil plc.  She is skilled at helping companies operating in emerging economies develop strategic relationships that build trust, drive long-term value and manage reputation across multiple countries of operation.  This includes managing and developing remote teams to build strong partnerships for local economic growth, including with governments, multilaterals, international NGOs and communities, across multiple countries of operation.

Lesley spent 10 years with Africa-focused Tullow Oil, where she developed the company’s approach to stakeholder engagement and policy management and led Sustainability and ESG engagement strategy for the Tullow Chairman. She also developed Tullow’s industry-leading approach on transparency of payments and contract transparency, and led the company’s response to ESG-focused policy initiatives globally. Prior to joining Tullow, Lesley spent 15 years with the De Beers Group of companies, working in a variety of corporate affairs, government, and industry liaison roles covering countries in Africa, North America and Europe.

Lesley has a Bachelor of Language and Linguistics from York University and an MA in Chinese Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She is also an executive coach.

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